Australian Cretans honour statesman Eleftherios Venizelos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria held its annual Venizelo luncheon on Sunday. The event first began in the 1990s when the Cretan group started fundraising for a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos to be erected in its yard.The group was successful in raising funds for the statue that has stood on its property since the mid-1990s, but it has continued hosting the luncheon in honour of the great statesman Eleftherios Venizelos as a way of raising awareness about this important historical figure.Eva Gotsis, Vice President of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, speaks of the importance of remembering the charismatic leader. “He was a great man, not just for Crete but for all of Greece,” she told Neos Kosmos. “He was instrumental in aligning Crete with the rest of Greece because prior to that, Crete was an entity of its own.”Mr Venizelos first blitzkrieged onto the international scene following his significant role in the autonomy of the Cretan State and later in the union of Crete with Greece.READ MORE: Watch rare footage of Eleftherios Venizelos speaking EnglishLast year, the Australian group received a visit from the Eleftherios Venizelos Research Foundation in Chania. Such visits and interactions are important for the group to keep the ties with Crete alive. “We celebrate this connection,” Ms Gotsis said, adding that the Australian group promotes books that highlight his life.On Sunday, the group laid wreaths, screened a documentary for members, had books on display and for sale from the Venizelos Museum in Crete and enjoyed dances from the youth dance group.last_img

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